The Official SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
July 15th Update: Over the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot of feedback from teams about the proposed timing for our Competition Weekend. We know everyone is really excited to show off their designs, but many have also told us that you'd like more time to refine your designs.
We’ve listened to the teams' feedback, and to maximize the number of participating teams, Competition Weekend will be held on January 27-29, 2017.
Since we first unveiled the idea for a new high-speed ground transport system called the Hyperloop back in 2013, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the concept. We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort.
Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.
For this reason, SpaceX is announcing an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX will construct a one-mile test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.
Break a pod!
Break a pod!
- Important Dates
- June 15, 2015 Competition announced
- August 20, 2015 Detailed rules released by SpaceX (updated October 20, 2015)
- September 15, 2015, 5 p.m. PDT Deadline for entrants to submit their Intent to Compete
- October 2015 Detailed tube and technical specification released by SpaceX
- November 13, 2015 Deadline for entrants to submit Preliminary Design Briefing
- January 20, 2016 Deadline for entrants to submit Final Design Package
January 29-30, 2016
Design WeekendIn-person Design Weekend with all invited entrants: Results.Location: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
January 27-29, 2017
Competition WeekendSelected pods compete at the SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track.
Exact location TBA.